Movie pirate pleads guilty

It seems a law designed to discourage the use of camcorders to record movies showing in theaters has claimed it’s first prosecution. A 19 year old from St. Louis, MO plead guilty Monday to using a camcorder and audio recorder to tape “The Perfect Man” and “Bewitched” in June.

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Theater piracy law snags first victim  CNET News.com

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A new federal law aimed at discouraging camcorder-equipped movie pirates has snared its first catch.

Federal prosecutors said Curtis Salisbury, 19, pleaded guilty on Monday to using a camcorder to record movies in a St. Louis, Mo., theater and distributing his recording on the Internet.

When Salisbury worked in the box office of a theater, he and others entered the projection booth after-hours and used a camcorder and audio recorder to tape “The Perfect Man” and “Bewitched” in June, according to the plea agreement. Sentencing is scheduled to take place in a San Jose, Calif., federal court Feb. 27.

Movie Pirates Across U.S. Walk the Plank washingtonpost.com

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WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter) – A St. Louis theater worker Tuesday became the first person convicted of illegally camcording a movie under a law that was signed in April making the act a federal crime.

The case was one of several anti-piracy developments, including the filing of federal charges against eight people who allegedly enabled a bootleg copy of “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” to circulate on the Internet a day before its release.


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